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. that's right. another twist in this drama. defense secretary leon panetta ordered a pentagon investigation on monday involving one of the u.s. military's biggest names. general john allen, the man who succeeded david petraeus as head of the international forces in afghanistan, is now linked to the fbi investigation involving his predecessor. >> i want to thank you all so much for being here this morning. >> reporter: secretary of defense leon panetta confirms department of defense is investigating allen, and a senior u.s. defense official says the inquiry centers around potentially inappropriate e-mails with jill kelly, the florida woman who sparked an investigation that led to petraeus's resignation as head of the cia. >> if you know my sister, like i said, she is a dedicated mother and a dedicated wife. >> reporter: kelly first went to the fbi when she received threatening e-mails from an anonymous source. those were allegedly linked to paula broadwell. broadwell was having an affair with petraeus and reportedly believed kelly was a romantic rival for his attention. monday
is already planning to make over the next decade. defense secretary panetta has not minced words. >> if sequestration goes into effect it's a disaster for national defense. >> reporter: the strategy of pivoting away from the wars in iraq and afghanistan towards the pacific and an emerging chinese superpower would come undone. >> all of that can go to hell if this congress doesn't face up and deal with the issue of sequestration. >> reporter: in this letter to senators panetta warned by the time sequestration was over the u.s. would have the smallest ground force since 1940, smallest navy since 1915 and smallest air force ever. a bleak prediction which ignores the quantum leap in weapons technology. as the president pointed out in the debate no other country comes close. >> we spend more on our military than the next ten countries combined. >> reporter: sequestration would not change that. according to the center for strategic and budgetary assessment it's not the size of the cuts, about $50 billion a year that's damaging but the fact that they would be across the board. panetta a
out and panetta is set to go out. can this administration handle that much emptiness so quickly? >> that's a good question, too. one likes to see absolutely no turmoil. i spent a lot of time in the banking business, and the way people made money was if there was turmoil. when things are quiet, they're much better for the average person, much more difficult for somebody who is trying to make money. what we don't want to see in government, particularly at a difficult time, is turmoil. under normal circumstances there is usually a change in the guard in the middle between the two administrations, the first and the second. frequently there's a change after two years and we're liable to see this again in the normal course of events. the president sometimes likes to change his team. this is an instance when a secretary of state said, i'll wait until you get somebody else and get him confirmed, but i'm leaving. a lot of other people will do the same, only because that's a standard. it's tiring to be in that business at the top of the apex. this is no different in that regard. the diffi
finding a replacement for defense secretary leon panetta, finding a replacement for secretary of the treasury tim geithner, all of whom, geithner and clinton, have already said they want to leave. it was reported on friday i believe on andrea's show that lee on panetta might want to go. when you have all of those people who are in senior positions within the administration all needing or wanting to go at the same time, having the cia director resign is not the optimal thing to have happen. >> as the late robin harris said, if you have to go, you got to go but going at this time simultaneously is problematic. in light of the fact that panetta and petraeus were seen as outsiders, they weren't organically grown from within, they didn't involve themselves over the years in the organizations they led, that was already a problem. this obviously at the very least is a major distraction at a time when the president needs to be focused on a crucial moment of negotiation with congress on the fiscal cliff with everything from tax revenue to military spending at the state. it seems to be
, leon panetta announces the pentagon is investigating general john allen nominated to be the european command and commander of nato forces in europe. for now that nomination is on hold. general allen is accused of exchanging thousands of inappropriate e-mails with jill kelley. >> it is simply a fact that is the white house was not aware of a situation regarding general petraeus until wednesday. >> greta: time for congress to man up and get the facts. four americans have been murdered in libya and the obama administration is still dragging its feet two months later still not telling the story. former director david petraeus knows about benghazi, two weeks ago he was in lib qa ya to conduct his own investigation of september 11th attack. should he be forced to testify before congress? we spoke to lindsay graham a short time ago. >> senator, nice to see you. congressman, they have written a letter tha saying a select committee to what happened in benz? >> john mccain and myself we will introduce a resolution asking the majority leader, mitch mcconnell to do a select committee. why do you
carrying secretary of defense leon panetta to australia. pentagon spokesman george little told reporters secretary panetta asked the white house to postpone general allen's appointment as supreme allied commander in europe. >> on sunday the federal bureau of investigation referred to the department of defense a matter involving general john allen, commander of the international security assistance force, or i.s.a.f., in afghanistan. >> reporter: the matter involves 20,000 to 30,000 pages of information the f.b.i. delivered sunday to the pentagon's inspector general. one senior official says the documents include a couple of hundred e-mails between general allen and jill kelley, the same tampa socialite who triggered the petraeus scandal. the e-mails discovered in kelley's files date back to 2010 when allen served as deputy commander for u.s. central command in tampa. pentagon and f.b.i. sources have characterized the e-mails as "inappropriate" and "flirtatious." one senior official said, for example, kelley would write something like "saw you on television, you were terrific." allen woul
be helpful. >> mr. flores. >> thank you, mr. chairman and secretary panetta and secretary shinseki for being here and also psychiatry panetta for protecting the dollar for those that have earned it. my question is a little more theoretical, and what promise this is the claims processing time at the waco claims regional center in texas, which is the worst in the country when it comes to at adjudicating disability claims. what can we do if the ids doesn't work. what are you thinking in terms of a new paradigm to fix this issue and both of you can answer or either one of you, but it seems to me like we've got cultural issues that cannot be fixed by having new systems. so how do you make -- you are doing your best to get the systems right but what are we doing to fix the culture so that we do what we promised our military men and women and veteran's what we would do in terms of providing benefits for their service. it just seems to me like we spend all of our systems we are not spending the time of culture so can you help me with that? and let me interrupt before you answer. one other thing. you
allen directly? >> not that i'm aware of no. >> secretary panetta? >> i'd have to check that. secretary panetta has been traveling. >> as sort of a follow-up to the last question, is this an unwelcome distraction at the time when he was just reelected and has a bunch of priorities in terms of fiscal cliff and in terms of his cabinet? >> i certainly wouldn't call it welcome. obviously as i said to ben that the information about general petraeus came to him as a surprise, and he is very appreciative of general petraeus' remarkable service to his country, but the president is focused on the agenda that he believes is important for this country, that he has to carry out, working with lawmakers here in washington. and that includes as you know his number one priority, which is jobs and economic growth. and he is engage nothing meetings this week on those issues, on the issues of the approach we need to take to assure we have the right economic policy, the right fiscal policy to help the economy grow and help it to continue to grow jobs. he is also continuously focused on his foreign policy a
defense secretary leon panetta. this is 90 minutes. >> chairman mckeon, chairman miller, ranking member smith and ranking member filner, dear former colleagues of mine, appreciate the opportunity to be here, and i also want to pay my respects to the members of both committees. this is a i unique event. it's an important event, and first and foremost, i want to thank all of the members of both the armed services and veterans committee for the support that you provide the department of defense, our men and women in uniform and our veterans. you -- we could simply not do the work that needs to be done in protecting this country and in serving those that are warriors and their families. we just could not do it without the partnership that we have with all of you. and for that reason, let me just express my personal appreciation to all of you for your dedication and for your commitment to those areas. i also want to thank you for the opportunity to appear this morning alongside secretary shinseki. he is a great friend, a great public servant, great military leader and a great friend to me an
really around the world as secretary of state hillary clinton and defense secretary leon panetta both say our nato's allies aren't worried this investigation will hurt our mission in afghanistan in any way. joining us john bolton, former u.s. ambassador to the u.n. and fox news contributor. ambassador, nice to see you again. >> good morning. glad to be with you, jenna. jenna: let's talk about when hillary clinton and leon panetta had to say. based on your experience, ambassador, overall what are the effects of personal scandal in international relations? is there any sort of fallout we should be watching? >> i think there can be fallout but at this point i think it would be premature to jump to any conclusions because the circumstances we're talking about are not full le known. i think one of the reasons that secretary panetta in particular has been at pains to say that general allen still has his confidence even though his nomination to head up the european command has been put on hold is because he is still in theater in afghanistan. i think general petraeus's problems are a little bit
, michael morell, must step hisard from his post as deputy, first to leon panetta then to petraeus, and take over. john mclaughlin knows what that's like. he did it in 2004. >> once you're sitting in the chair, there's no one sitting >> ond you. tere's no safety net. no the acting director for all ractical purposes is the director for that period of time. >> reporter: can morell, an economist by training, head an organization in the middle of a shooting war? he has been in on the war since it started. as president bush's daily it briefer, he delivered that famous briefing in august of 2001 "bin laden determined to strike in u.s. " he was with the president on 9/11, relaying reports from c.i.a. headquarters. e is an analyst, not an operator. but then, neither was panetta who, during his term as c.i.a. director, headed the most successful operation of all: the hunt for osama bin laden. morell was part of that operation, assigned to come up with arguments why the intelligence that bin laden was hiding in a pakistani compound could be wrong. like the president before, this president knows morell
viqueira at the white house, there's been speculation that leon panetta was expected to be replaced at defense. how much does this now complicate matters for the president? >> a good question. i think that specktation continues. obviously, we're talking about a lot of different positions if you want to talk about cabinet agencies in the second term. obviously secretary of state clinton this, some sitting senators who have been known to harbor some ambitions for some of these cabinet positions, where they end up, a big parlor game there. i think just at first blush they're going to take their time with the cia posting. i don't know if it directly affects what leon panetta is going to do. obviously, leon panetta has a lot of institutional knowledge hague not only served at the white house and in congress but as the dci, director of central intelligence before moving over to the defense department. so all of that very much up in the air. i would imagine that they're sort of going to stand pat where they are with by all accounts a very competent individual, the deputy director stepping
secretary leon panetta made his comments about petraeus' decision to resign as the nation's top spot. according to panetta -- i think he took the right step and i think it's important when you're director of the cia with all the challenges that face youen that position that personal integrity comes first and foremost. >>> yeah, secretary of defense, leon panetta and the president agreed, general john allen was up for a promotion. going to become the united states european command and supreme allied commander. that nomination is going to be delayed again. general john allen denies any wrongdoing with jill kelly, the e-mails, 20,000 to 30,000 dating back to 2010. >> again, the tipping point may have been when petraeus according to all accounts, really crafted relationships with the media, was well aware of his image. high profile, very powerful man, and yet, when you came done to writing his official biography, he asked a woman to do it who had never writ in a book before. perhaps looking as this thing moves on, a telltale moment into what was really going on here. says a lot. >> every
on and deal with it. >> put the secretary of defense panetta already said six months ago it was not going to be stood for anymore. is that enough? >> i don't think it's enough. there has to be the programs in place. it's changing a culture and institution that's been in place for a very long time. >> a male-oriented culture. >> let me make a statement. until you have diversity sensitivity training and change the culture and make women more welcome in the military, it's not going to change. >> that's it for this edition of "to the contrary." please follow me on twitter at bonnie erbe and at "to the contrary" and check our website, pbs.org/ttc, where the discussion continues. whether you agree or think to the contrary, please join us next time.
received reaction from the secretary of defense leon panetta about general petraeus resignation. what can you tell us about that? >> he was en route to reporters and said it was a sad situation to have a established career end in this manner. my heart obviously goes out to hip and his family. but i think he took the right step and i think it's important when you are director of the c.i.a. with all the channels that face you in that position. >> he was then asked as a former member of congress how he felt about congress not being informed about the f.b.i. investigation. to which he said, "that is another issue i think we ought to look at, because as a former director of the c.i.a., working closely with the intelligence committees you know i believe there is a responsibility to make sure that the intelligence committee are informed of issues that could effect the security of those intelligence operations. >> thank you. in a city where keeping secrets is next to impossible many national leaders had no idea of the petraeus affair until shortly before you heard about it. >> catherine herridge
socialite. secretary of defense leon panetta is urging people not to jump to conclusions about general george allen. allen is accused of having questionable communications with jill kelley, a social liaison to a tampa air force base. it was kelley who reportedly received threatening e-mails from paula broadwell, who was having an affair with now former cia director david petraeus. that led to petraeus' resignation. and broadwell is apparently here in washington. she's been spotted at her brother in northwest d.c. a man who appeared to be her brother, steven krantz, left last night but did not speak to reporters. and someone found broadwell's driver's license in rock creek park on monday. >>> leaders from the fda and the massachusetts department of health are expected to testify at a hearing in front of the house energy and commerce committee to determine how the meningitis outbreak started. a report shows the massachusetts pharmacy linked to that outbreak should have been shut down in 2002. the fda reports the pharmacy had multiple violations but stayed open on the promise that it woul
. another car bomb exploded in a village market south of baghdad. >>> defense secretary leon panetta is offering support to the top u.s. commander in baghdad even as he's under investigation for e-mails he received. his nomination to head european command is on hold pending the investigation. >> no one should leap to any conclusions. no one should leap to any conclusions here. general allen is doing an excellent job at isap in leading those forces. he certainly has my continued confidence to lead our forces and to continue the fight. but his nomination has been put on hold as a prudent measure until we determine what the facts are. and we will. >> allen is accused of having questionable communications with jill kelley, a social liaison to a tampa air force base. it was kelly who reportedly received threatening e-mails from paula broadwell who was reportedly having an affair with david petraeus, which led to his resignation. the testimony regarding the deadly bombing attack on the embassy in benghazi, libya, will go on withouteneral petraeus. senator dianne feinstein says she still ex
of every second term. hillary clinton is going someplace else, leon panetta moving on, treasury secretary, timothy geithner, i think 55 democrats, two independents, going with the democratic caucus. is that enough to make sure susan rice is nominated by the president, u.n. ambassador to be secretary of state, is that enough to make sure she's confirmed. >> i would be surprised if he nominated susan rice. although she probably would be confirmed, hearings would be a misery, a place where we would see again and again that she was the mouthpiece for a false story about what happened in benghazi. does the administration want to be held hostage to susan rice's overstatements of the case on tv multiple, multiple times. >> i don't know if you have inside information, everything i hear the president wants her to be the next secretary of state. >> she would be a strong nominee, excellent for this job. and if republicans want to go down the road of benghazi making it a political issue, we saw it play out in the campaign, not much success for them, it would be a strategic error to play politics with
here. >> general allen says he did nothing wrong. however, the pentagon panetta spokesperson last night said this involves 20,000 to 30,000 documents. that's a lot of documents sent between two -- two years between jill kelley a civilian woman, and top general in afghanistan. doesn't that raise red flags? >> well this is from 2010 to 2012. so it covers a couple of years. they're not documents the way we consider documents. these are e-mails going back and forth. if you see the way people blackberry with their iphones and text back and forth, it's still a lot, but i think what they did is -- >> is it normal for jill kelley - in florida to have -- >> she isn't your average housewife in florida. erin moriarty will get into that later. she is a major figure around the central air force base mcdill air force base. >> and in washington as well. >> that, too. she's going fo visit petraeus in washington at the cia and petraeus is telling this to broadwell. and broadwell and he have just broken off. you can watch the wheels turning there. she's thinking did he throw me o
this morning. literally announced mid flight to reporters traveling with defense secretary leon panetta to australia. >> on sunday, the federal bureau of investigation referred to the department of defense a matter involving general john allen, commander of the international security assistance force, in afghanistan. >> reporter: the allegations against general allen are said to involve messages written from 2010 to 2012 between the general and jill kelley, the same tampa socialite who received threatening e-mails from the lover of general david petraeus. when asked if the e-mails between allen and kelley were of a sexual nature, a senior defense official wouldn't be specific, but did say, "they are potentially inappropriate, and they bear looking into. the department is currently reviewing between 20,000 and 30,000 documents connected to this matter." allen, a married four-star marine general, took over from petraeus as the top american commander in afghanistan in july 2011. he told pentagon officials he's done nothing wrong. allen was in line to become supreme allied commander for eur
secretary of defense leon panetta who previously served as director of the cia weighed in about general david petraeus' sudden resignation. during a flight to australia, reporters asked if general petraeus could be prosecuted if it's determined he was having an affair while on active duty in the military. >> you know, i don't know. i don't know the answer to that. i guess i'm -- i'm reading the papers like you are to determine just, you know, what the committee finds out, what the ultimate investigation determines on that issue. we, you know, we obviously are going to, you know, watch this closely to determine just exactly, you know, when that took place. >> panetta also appeared to side with lawmakers who say the fbi should've informed them about the investigation sooner. >> that's another issue i think we ought to look at. you know, as a former director of the cia and having worked very closely with the intelligence committee, you know, i believe that there is a responsibility to make sure that the intelligence committees are informed of issues that could affect, you know, the securit
always been rock solid position. someone is a pointed and they are there. we saw with director panetta and before that, director tenet was there for two administrations. this is very unusual situation. i am one of those who is expressing caution at this stage. >>trace: you look back on his career and it was distinguished to say the least talking about the c.i.a. director sworn in september of 2007, a four-star general and served 37 years in the army and he was the commander who oversaw the coalition of forces in iraq from 2007 to 2008. is this sudden? some will say there will be a change of guard because the president won re-election but this seems to be, and the reasons we are getting have not been confirmed, but this seems to be very sudden. >>caller: it is. there is a changing of the guard as you pointed out after the first term and those things are expected but what you don't normally get is an unexpected surprise, someone leaving the post particularly a senior position like this. general petraeus is exemplary career coming in from the military culture, an interesting situation in
, erin. the reality here is, defense secretary leon panetta ordered up a full-blown inspector general investigation, and a lot of people around the pentagon say leon panetta wouldn't have done that unless there was something that needed to be looked into. >> and barbara, what's your understanding about general allen and if he's heading back to afghanistan, as we had heard he might be? >> reporter: well, he might, in fact, head back, we're told, in the next couple days to afghanistan, because frankly, there's nothing for him to do here in washington. he is still in command of that war. but that may be very short. the man who is supposed to replace him, his confirmation hearing is expected to go forward. he'll take command probably rather quickly. we don't know exactly when. but the big issue, of course, for the military right now is there is no real designated military head of nato on the books about to take over. america's most important security aligns, allen is on hold, nobody knows what's going to happen. >> thank you very much, barbara starr. so just who is jill kelley? the answer
panetta last week make a very widely broadcasted speech on the subject of cybersecurity and cyberwarfare. accordingly, the subject matter has been in news. he outlined his deep concerns about computer networks that support our military, infrastructure and business networks. mr. leon panetta elaborated on many things and that includes the high-profile attacks, including the alleged russian denial of service attack entering into georgia, the disruptions in estonia and the iranian nuclear centrifuges. there are dozens of thwarted attacks on other infrastructure occurring on an almost daily basis. the sector of devastating utility concern all of us. and it presents legal issues we should be aware of as we advise our clients. we have four highly qualified speakers here today who are going to discuss these issues. starting with elizabeth preston, who is the managing partner at the national canadian law firm. for the past 26 years, she has worked in emergency response, national security, and counterterrorism. either as an executive or in-house counsel and now outside counsel. part of it is 911
. and it was the c.i.a., under leon panetta, which ran the mission that killed bin laden. although the raid itself was carried out by the u.s. military. when petraeus took over, he omomised not to turn the c.i.a. into another military ryganization. >> i'm taking off the uniform that i've worn proudly for 37 years to do this job, i think, in the right way. >> pelley: at the start of the iraq war, petraeus asked the now eumous question "tell me how this ends." when he said that, he surely could not have imagined how his own career would end. k> pelley: david, thank you. barely three days after winning reelection, the president said today it is time to get back to work and job one is trying to work out a deal with republicans who control the house to cut the federal deficit by the end of the year to avoid that so-called fiscal cliff. >> i want to be clear: i'm not wedded to every detail of my plan. i'm open to compromise. i'm open to new ideas. omm committed to solving our fiscal challenges. but i refuse to accept any approach that isn't balanced. i'm not going to ask students and seniors and middle-
in some remarks, the secretary of defense, leon panetta, himself a former director of the cia, was speaking to reporters and he told -- and this is his first reaction to the whole scandal about general petraeus. he says, first, obviously, it was a very sad situation to have a distinguished career like that end in this manner and my heart obviously goes out to him and his family, but i think he took the right step and i think it's important whether you're director of the cia with all the challenges that face you in that position that personal integrity comes first and foremost. he says he doesn't know what the future will have there, but he does believe that they have to take a closer look at the coordination, the briefing of the house and senate intelligence committees in these kinds of investigations. do you want to make a final point? >> a little distancing going on by the obama administration. just very briefly, wolf. while general petraeus has gotten that sympathetic treatment, a woman not getting favorable treatment from the press is paula broadwell. >> she is a west poin
. >> secretary panetta? >> i'd have to check that. secretary panetta has been traveling. >> as sort after follow-up, does the president see this in general as an unwelcomed distraction at a time when he's just -- was re-elected and has a bunch of priorities in terms of the fiscal cliff and his cabinet? >> i certainly i think wouldn't call it welcome. obviously the -- as i said to ben, the information about general petraeus came to him as a surprise, and he is very appreciative of general petraeus' remarkable service to his country. the president is focused on the agenda he believes is important for this contry. he has to carry out working with lawmakers here in washington. that includes his number one priority, which is jobs and economic growth. on the issues of the approach we need to take to ensure we have the right economic policy, the right fiscal policy to help the economy grow and help it continue to create jobs. he is also focused on his national security agenda. he has great confidence in the acting c.i.a. director. he has confidence in his military and the secretary of defense and defen
as tim geithner, leon panetta and now apparently eric holder is considering whether he will stay on as attorney general and ray lahood could be leaving the department of transportation. so is this shakeup as simple as cabinet members get burned out, need to step down and be replaced or is this a case of something more, julian? >> this is standard in every administration. these are very, very tough jobs. they are very demanding and taxing on a family. i think you see all-stars hillary clinton and tim geithner likely to leave. i think the interesting question, however, is whether the president will look to bring in republicans, people like chuck hagel, colin powell potentially in some of these positions and folks from the business industry, people like president of the xm bank and even michael bloomberg. the real thing i think we want to look for is will the president signal different directions by trying to bring in some republicans and people from the business community as well. >> there have been peripheral discussions whether mitt romney would be among those. is that realistic
that president obamma was meeting with secretary panetta and the joint chiefs chairman in a pre-scheduled meeting and they were told that the compound was under attack. according to the white house, the president said, do what you need to do to save the americans. >> sean: that's what he said. but where was he? when did he know? who said to stand down to the cia annex a mile away. these to me, seem basic. we are watching this in real time. doesn't it seem like the president ought to have known that? >> i don't have the answers you are looking for. >> sean: i am want grilling you. >> i think a lot of -- there is a lot we don't know about -- some of the things you asserted, the cia denies to be true. which is not to take away from jennifer griffin's great reporting. but the cia said there was no stand-down order. there is a lot we don't know. there have been more and more tick tocks provided, minute-by-minute accounts from the pentagon and the cia and the state department. and at some point, there needs to be a reckoning because they don't always add up? look. i think you are one of the guy who is
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